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* HalfWittedHillbilly: The show had a recurring sketch called "The Inbred Brothers", which had two guys in union suits doing dumb things: falling down, eating leaves, lighting themselves on fire, etc.


* GagPenis: An infamous appearance on MTV Spring Break's ''Shut Up and Laugh'' where the cast acted out a scene, supposedly from Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', that contained an uncomfortable amount of focus on the ludicrously tight leotards worn by the cast.

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* GagPenis: An infamous appearance on MTV Spring Break's ''Shut Up and Laugh'' where the cast acted out a scene, supposedly from Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', that contained an uncomfortable amount of focus on the ludicrously tight leotards worn by the cast. Somehow, even Kerri Kenney had a bulge under her skirt -- and someone else had a bulge that went ''around his leg three times''.



* GoodOldWays: The Old-Fashioned Guy thinks he's this, when in fact he's more....[[CloudCuckooLander eccentric.]]

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* GoodOldWays: The Old-Fashioned Guy thinks he's this, when in fact he's more....more... [[CloudCuckooLander eccentric.]]


* BerserkButton:
** Anything to do with the BurgerFool is one for the employees in the sketch "Service with a Smile".

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* BerserkButton:
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BerserkButton: Anything to do with the BurgerFool is one for the employees in the sketch "Service with a Smile".



* BreakingTheFourthWall: Inverted by a sketch which actually ''showed'' the fourth wall -- and blocked the audience's view.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Many sketches have the cast members address the audience directly. Michael Ian Black is usually the spokesman for the group.
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Inverted by a sketch which actually ''showed'' the fourth wall -- and blocked the audience's view.



* CatchPhrase: Deconstructed with Louie, the Guy Who Says His Catchphrase Over and Over Again.[[note]]For anyone wondering, the catchphrase is "I wanna dip my balls in it!", said while holding golf balls.[[/note]]

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
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Deconstructed with Louie, "Louie, the Guy Who Says His Catchphrase Over and Over Again.[[note]]For anyone wondering, the catchphrase " In his introductory sketch, his whole shtick is asking for someone to provide a substance and then joyously declaring, "I wanna dip my balls in it!", said it!" while holding up a pair of golf balls.[[/note]]balls. Everyone finds him hysterical, but he suddenly begins to doubt that his catchphrase is funny anymore. The crowd convinced him that it will ''never'' get old.



* CulturalCringe: In one sketch, Michael Ian Black admits that his birth name is "Michael Ian Schwartz," which he says he changed because he's "ashamed of being Jewish." (In reality, it was to avoid being confused with another Michael Schwartz).



* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Embarrassing Last Name]]: Mr. Magina
* FiveManBand: Although the group consisted of eleven people, certain members did tend to fall into certain archetypes.
** TheHero: Thomas Lennon
** TheLancer: Michael Ian Black
** TheSmartGuy: Michael Showalter
** TheBigGuy: Ken Marino
** TheChick: Kerri Kenney
** SixthRanger: Joe Lo Truglio / Ben Garant

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* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Embarrassing EmbarrassingFirstName: Last Name]]: name, in the case of Mr. Magina
* FiveManBand: Although the group consisted of eleven people, certain members did tend to fall into certain archetypes.
** TheHero: Thomas Lennon
** TheLancer: Michael Ian Black
** TheSmartGuy: Michael Showalter
** TheBigGuy: Ken Marino
** TheChick: Kerri Kenney
** SixthRanger: Joe Lo Truglio / Ben Garant
Magina



* TheMusical: The ''Porcupine Racetrack'' skit.

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* TheMusical: The ''Porcupine Racetrack'' "Porcupine Racetrack" skit.



* SelfDeprecation: The show often brought up the "negative two-star" review they received from the ''New York Times''.
** And in fact, an early advert for the show featured their various bad reviews set to "I Started A Joke" with the cast in the background looking sad and depressed.

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* SelfDeprecation: The show often brought up the "negative two-star" review they received from the ''New York Times''.
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Times''. And in fact, an early advert for the show featured their various bad reviews set to "I Started A Joke" with the cast in the background looking sad and depressed.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Kerri Kenney. Leads to her being in almost every sketch.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Kerri Kenney. Leads Kenney is the only female in a cast of 11. This leads to her being in almost every sketch.


** [[{{in-universe}} Parodied]] with a sketch about a high-school cheerleader who wants to be the next Music/LaurieAnderson.

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** [[{{in-universe}} Parodied]] InUniverse. Parodied with a sketch about a high-school cheerleader who wants to be the next Music/LaurieAnderson.


* {{Narrator}}: Voiceovers on the show -- especially for the commercial parodies -- were frequently provided by Larry [[{{Thundercats}} Kenney]], [[RealLifeRelative Kerri Kenney's dad]].

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* {{Narrator}}: Voiceovers on the show -- especially for the commercial parodies -- were frequently provided by Larry [[{{Thundercats}} [[WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|1985}} Kenney]], [[RealLifeRelative Kerri Kenney's dad]].


Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was Creator/{{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'', ''Childrens Hospital'', and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.

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Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was Creator/{{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'', ''Childrens Hospital'', ''Series/ChildrensHospital'', and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.


Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was Creator/{{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.

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Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was Creator/{{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' Issues'', ''Childrens Hospital'', and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.


Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.

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Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was {{MTV}}'s Creator/{{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.


* ReunionShow: the entire cast appeared in the {{Reno 911}} [[TheMovie movie]], and a Website/YouTube sketch was created to promote the initial re-release of the program on iTunes.

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* ReunionShow: the entire cast appeared in the {{Reno Series/{{Reno 911}} [[TheMovie movie]], and a Website/YouTube sketch was created to promote the initial re-release of the program on iTunes.


Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.

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Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''{{Reno ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.


* {{Narrator}}: Voiceovers on the show -- especially for the commercial parodies -- were frequently provided by [[HeyItsThatVoice Larry]] [[{{Thundercats}} Kenney]], [[RealLifeRelative Kerri Kenney's dad]].

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* {{Narrator}}: Voiceovers on the show -- especially for the commercial parodies -- were frequently provided by [[HeyItsThatVoice Larry]] Larry [[{{Thundercats}} Kenney]], [[RealLifeRelative Kerri Kenney's dad]].


-->''And Now For A Special Television Event...''

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-->''And ->''"And Now For A Special Television Event...''
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* MuppetCameo: Played with in one sketch. Characters call out for help with simple tasks (like counting to 10 or tying their shoes) and a ''SesameStreet''-like muppet appears to help out. The character then kills the muppet, so they can [[LetsMeetTheMeat eat it]].

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* MuppetCameo: Played with in one sketch. Characters call out for help with simple tasks (like counting to 10 or tying their shoes) and a ''SesameStreet''-like ''Series/SesameStreet''-like muppet appears to help out. The character then kills the muppet, so they can [[LetsMeetTheMeat eat it]].

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* RealityEnsues: If you were talking about your favorite fabric softer and a talking teddy bear appeared out of the clothes, you'd probably scream and beat it with an iron, too.


Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayAtCamp''.

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Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''The State'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such movies as ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'' and ''Film/RoleModels'', and shows such as ''{{Reno 911}}'', ''Viva Variety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', Stella's SpiritualSuccessor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues'' and ''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayAtCamp''.
''Series/WetHotAmericanSummerFirstDayOfCamp''.

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